Community Action: Partnering with People to Overcome Poverty
For over 50 years, we at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties have worked alongside our neighbors, program participants, allies, and partners like YOU to create a future in which all people can achieve their potential. We provide a foundation that strengthens stability and success through programs that serve low-income individuals and families. We amplify the voices of those living in poverty, helping to educate the broader community about the support and assistance that is needed. We build alliances that transform systems, removing barriers that perpetuate poverty.
At Community Action we believe, as our Executive Director, Clarence Hightower, PhD, succinctly states, "At some point every one of us needs a hand up and that certainly holds true for those desperately working to escape the clutches of poverty." One of the foundational values of Community Action is that all people must have a voice and an active role in mapping their destiny and that of their community. The agency's unique, tri-partite Board of Directors, consisting of one-third representation from the low-income community, one third representation from the private sector, and one third representation from the public sector ensures that different perspectives, values, and critical insights are brought to bear on solving some of today's most complex problems.
Last year, Community Action worked with more than 60,000 people across the region to support low-income individuals and families. This work included:
- Providing 1,919 low-income children with comprehensive early childhood education and with appropriate health and nutritional services promoting school readiness through Head Start.
- Averting utility shut-off for 21,000 households through emergency energy assistance services.
- Helping 8,845 senior citizens maintain independent living.
- Preventing homelessness for 366 individuals with emergency rent or mortgage assistance.
- Providing a total of 1,065 pounds of food to program participants.
- Improving conditions in which low-income families live by weatherizing 116 homes and proving emergency home repair services to 462 households.
- Partnering 194 times with other community organizations to support low-income people who are seeking to improve their life circumstances.